KP apos;s Humble Pie: Old Foe Yuvraj Ruins Pietersen apos;s Return To England Side
KP's humble pie: Old foe Yuvraj ruins Pietersen's return to England side By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Lawrence+Booth+for+the+Daily+Mail Lawrence Booth for the Daily Mail] [ ]
Published: 22:37 BST, 31 October 2012 | Updated: 06:17 BST, 1 November 2012
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Kevin Pietersen has been warned he will face more of his old nemesis Yuvraj Singh in the Test series against India after the part-time left-arm spinner he once called a pie-chucker spoiled his comeback.
On the day Alastair Cook marked his first game as England's new captain with a typically careful century against India A, Pietersen was caught and bowled by Yuvraj for 23 in his first knock for England since August 6 and the infamous Headingley Test against South Africa.
Cook's men closed the second day on 286 for four, with Samit Patel crafting an attractive unbeaten 82 to lay claim to the No 6 spot following a third-ball duck for opener Nick Compton in his first senior game for England.
Return: Pietersen produced a swashbuckling 23 before being caught and bowled by Yuvraj Singh
PIETERSEN vs THE PIE-CHUCKER
March 28, 2006, 1st ODI — Yuvraj dismisses Pietersen for the first time as the England batsman is caught by Gautam Gambhir for 46.
March 31, 2006, 2nd ODI — Pietersen is caught for 71 off Yuvraj.
April 15, 2006, 7th ODI — He is caught again, this time for 64.
November 17, 2008, 2nd ODI — Yuvraj takes out his off stump, sending the England man packing for 33.
December 13, 2008, 1st Test, Day 3 — Pietersen is trapped lbw for one.
Wednesday, tour game — On his England return, KP drives a ball straight back at the bowler to go for 23.
But, for sheer drama, nothing matched the moment Pietersen shimmied down the track and chipped a return catch to Yuvraj to end an eventful 24-ball stay.
After getting off the mark with a quick single to mid-on off his first ball, Pietersen lofted his sixth — from Suresh Raina's off-spin — over the ropes down the ground.
He carted the next delivery through the covers, was dropped at short leg on 16 off Raina, then pulled seamer Vinay Kumar for four.
But Yuvraj was lying in wait. With his third ball of a new spell — his second to Pietersen — he struck.
It was the sixth time he had embarrassed England's alpha male following four dismissals in one-day internationals and one in a Test at Chennai four years ago.
India A captain Raina promised it would not be the last time Yuvraj would be given the chance to add to Pietersen's litany of woes against slow left-armers.
‘Last time England came here, he bowled really well to KP and the plan worked again,' said Raina with a smile.
‘I was always going to try him. I know he's had success against him early on.'
Asked whether India's Test captain MS Dhoni would repeat the ploy in the four-match series, starting in Ahmedabad on November 15, Raina said: ‘Definitely.
He was so happy to get him out but KP came after the game to the dressing room and they both had a laugh.
Slow start: Compton went for a third-ball duck
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‘He needs to score runs against India.
He did well against South Africa but this is going to be different. We have a good spin attack, plus Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav.'
Pietersen's cameo overshadowed an otherwise good day for England, including Cook's six-hour unbeaten 112 — a monument to self-denial that bodes well for the rest of the tour.
Top knock: Cook celebrates reaching his ton
Just as reassuring for England was the batting of Patel, who must now be favourite to bat at No 6 in Ahmedabad.
Dropped on 29, he added an unbroken 153 with Cook after England were wobbling at 133 for four.
Patel said: ‘One of the things we work hard on is to grind down the bowling, and http://ci.obeynets.net/user/profile/7003 we wanted to keep India in the dirt. It was fantastic to have Kevin back.
He gave us a bit of oomph to get us going.'
Ton-derful: Cook was in fine form with the bat as he passed 100
Compton's first-over duck at the ground where his grand-father Denis made 249 not out for Holkar in the Ranji Trophy final in 1945 was something of a disappointment, but Jonathan Trott helped Cook steady things with 56.
Steven Finn faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the first Test after straining his right thigh on Tuesday.
Rebuilding: Cook and Patel put on a fine fifth-wicket partnership to dig England out of a hole
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